Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce is fresh and tasty for late summer and early fall…cool enough to beat the heat, with a zesty kick to get your blood moving!
You know those summer days that start blurring into fall? Still warm, but with a hint of crispness?
Well, here in Houston, we don’t have those, BUT somewhere else in the country you do! And this cold noodle salad with spicy peanut sauce is perfect for those days.
The cold noodles are refreshing while sitting in the warm sunlight. And then when you get just a touch of cool breeze, the zesty sauce will get your blood flowing. Not to mention, this is a quick and easy meal for school nights and weekends packed with activities. Savory and fresh, it’s delicious eaten immediately and just as good as leftovers.
Labor Day is almost here, but we don’t want to let go of those summer recipes yet! We help you decide what to eat for mains, sides, snacks, and dessert…oh and what to drink with those meals as well…so you can make the most of the last long weekend of summer!
Everyone knows that Labor Day weekend is the beginning of the end of summer. Even if it’s not officially fall, the days are creeping that direction. Days are getting a little cooler (unless you’re in Houston), a little shorter, and a little more packed with ordinary work or school activities. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but I think summer deserves a good send-off. We had a good run!
And to help you celebrate, we put together some summer recipes to help you achieve those last-minute summer food goals. Barbecue, frosty cocktails, and a s’mores-inspired dessert are just the start of your menu!
Here are 18 summer recipes we’re thinking about enjoying this weekend…
Don’t wait for a birthday to try this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream! It’s creamy, rich, and packed with Birthday Cake Oreos plus a whole lotta sprinkles.
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This past week was Ross’s birthday, in which he gracefully entered his thirties (plural) and made it look good. (Feel free to embarrass him in the comments if you so choose.) So of course, us being us, it was a weekend of good eats. We met up with friends for a beer and our favorite burger at a local restaurant, and for his cake, I created an epic tower of chocolate and peanut butter that we will definitely share with you in the coming weeks.
Notice I did NOT say I made this Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream for his birthday. But here’s the thing: I made it for no occasion at all, except that it sounded delicious. And we happened to have some leftovers in the freezer over his birthday weekend, which we somehow managed to eat, you know, when we weren’t eating cake or burger. (I SWEAR we’re not 500 pounds.) And in spite of the fact that Ross is not usually a big cake-batter-ice-cream-person, he pretty much inhaled this version. So I’m going to go ahead and say this was kinda-sorta-birthday-ice-cream. But more importantly, it’s also un-birthday ice cream! So take your pick and enjoy whatever day you want.
Pretzel Pork Belly Po-Boy pairs the sweet richness of pork belly with the bright flavors of a colorful slaw, in one juicy mouthful!
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“The pig is an incredible animal. It can take an apple – essentially garbage – and turn it into bacon.”
While I don’t agree with his assertion that apples are garbage, the pig does give us some pretty amazing eats. I think we all have to take a moment to appreciate just how delicious bacon is. According to the bacon calendar I have hanging in the office (more about that here), it’s sometime referred to as “the conversion meat” for it’s ability to lure vegetarians away from their meatless lifestyles. That’s some power. And while we certainly love bacon around here either as base for a delicious beef stew, or highlighted a little more prominently in an appetizer, I wanted to take a crack at the origin of bacon: pork belly. A pork belly po-boy to be more specific.
Soft Pretzel Rolls are flavorful and satisfying in so many recipes – sandwiches, bratwurst, burgers – or just eaten on their own! The soft and chewy texture can’t be beat.
Let’s talk buns, hun.
While some see them as a mere transportation platform for a burger, sandwich, or bratwurst, I would argue that they are integral part of the eating experience. For example, who would want a nice, juicy cheeseburger to fall to the floor because the thin, stale bun suffered catastrophic structural failure? And who hasn’t had the equally miserable experience of having to pry apart a sandwich just to make sure that yes, there really is half an ounce of turkey hidden between two loaves of bread. A good bun makes the whole thing better, and quite frankly, these soft pretzel rolls are good enough to eat all by themselves.